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Comic creators recreate “ROM” #1 to support Bill Mantlo


Art by Rafer Roberts

Bill Mantlo didn’t create the titular star of the much-beloved ROM Spaceknight, but he did help define who ROM was and what he was about in the early 1980s. A group of supportive comic creators and fans have come together to bring new attention to Mantlo’s work in light of his recent medical troubles. How? By recreating, page-by-page and panel-by-panel, ROM Spaceknight #1, originally illustrated by co-creator Sal Buscema.

This new project, titled the ROM Remix Project, has 20 individual artists each drawing a page of the original story, from the 18 story pages to the Frank Miller cover, and even the Hostess ad in the back of the original comic. Organized by Rob Harrington, it’s intended to be a public art project as well as a way to bring renewed attention to Mantlo’s situation.

“Now don’t get me wrong, the main goal of the project is to create an entertaining comic for people to enjoy, but if we can also give a little back it’ll be all that much sweeter,” Harrington said. “Needless to say, the original creative team, Marvel Comics, nor the current copyright holders of the ROM property (whomever that might be) have nothing to do with this project. It’s purely for fun, borne out of a love for the ROM comics.”

Hasbro owns ROM, for the record, and in 2012 filed a trademark on the property.

You can read the entire recreation over at their Tumblr page. Each posted page includes a link to the Bill Mantlo Support Fund.


Above: Cover by Martin Szymanski and Dee Cunniffe



i would buy the shit out of this comic, if possible.

Love it! Man, ROM was my gateway drug into the Marvel Universe as a kid. I would really like to pay Bill Mantlo back for the great times I had reading that comic. It’s a damn shame what happened to the guy, and I am definitely gonna donate what I can to help him out. Wish I could do more. :/

Same here. ROM was one of my first comics, and it was the one that drew me in, along with Spider-Man. I would love it if Marvel managed to get ROM back into their universe. That “Spaceknights” limited series from about 10 yrs ago (maybe it was more), was dreadful.

Makes me want to cry. God bless these men and God bless Bill Mantlo.

very cool

Bring it out ( publish ) and a lot of fans would buy with the proceeds going to Bill’s medical issue!

Thanks for bringing this to my attention – what a great idea – ROM is one of my fave comics – Sal Buscema prob the most influential artist on my own artwork – i have also given a donation !

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